Golden Gate Heights
Golden Gate Heights, the hilly neighborhood south of the Inner Sunset and northwest of Forest Hill, is full of steep one-way roads, secret stairway shortcuts, and views for days. It is considered to be one of the highest peaks in San Francisco and offers stunning panoramic views, including the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown, the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. Amazing outdoor spaces surround it, including Golden Gate Park and a hop, skip and a jump to fabulous eateries on nearby Irving Street. Laid out in 1927, the neighborhood's windy streets hug the hills and break the strict grid that overlays most of the city. The area was once sand dunes with peaks that are now the sites of Grand View, Golden Gate Heights, and Hawk Hill parks. Carl Larsen, an early settler in the Sunset who came to San Francisco from Denmark in 1869, began buying large amounts of land in the dunes of the Sunset. In 1924, he donated land at the eastern edge of the Sunset to the city, the land now known as Golden Gate Heights. Some homes were built in the 1930s, but most date from the 40s and 50s.
Residential, views of Golden Gate Park plus downtown and ocean views
At A Glance
The neighborhood is primarily residential, and the homes in the area are mostly single-family houses.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A hidden jewel is known for its winding quiet residential streets, hilly terrain and panoramic views.
Enjoy the residential calm and convenience, with access to the best of San Francisco just a short distance away.
The abundance of outdoor spaces and proximity to parks, plus many hidden and colorful public stairways.
Many of the homes in Golden Gate Heights were built in the mid-20th century, and as a result, there are many examples of mid-century modern but the neighborhood is truly an eclectic mix of styles.
YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
This neighborhood is perched on a hill that is still easily accessible by public transportation. Muni buses run through the area, and the N-Judah light rail line has a stop nearby.
Located In Golden Gate Heights
Inner Sunset, Outer Sunset, West Portal, Forest Hill, Forest Knolls, Inner Parkside
East to West Boundaries
19th Ave. to the east, split between 7th Ave. and 10th Ave. to the west
North to South Boundaries
Kirkham and Lawton Sts. to the north, Taraval St. to the south
- Financial District via auto: 30 minutes
- Financial District via transit: 35 minutes
- South San Francisco via auto: 35 minutes
- Silicon Valley via auto: 70 minutes
AROUND THE BLOCK
A residential neighborhood with steep winding one-way roads, secret stairway shortcuts, and breathtaking panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown, the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Overall, it's a winning combination of stunning views, suburban feel, and access to outdoor spaces. These qualities make the neighborhood a unique and desirable enclave.
The breathtaking views from many parts of the neighborhood are a major draw for residents, and many homes are designed to take full advantage of the views. As a result, the lifestyle in Golden Gate Heights is often characterized by a sense of openness, tranquility and appreciation for natural beauty.
There is an abundance of nearby outdoor spaces and parks. In addition to Grand View Park, which offers stunning panoramic views, there are several other parks and playgrounds throughout the neighborhood and Golden Gate Park is a hop skip and a jump away!
Many of the homes in Golden Gate Heights were built in the mid-20th century, and as a result, there are many examples of mid-century modern architecture in the neighborhood. These homes typically feature clean lines, simple forms, and an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living. Other styles include, Mediterranean, Tudor, Victorian, Craftsman, and contemporary.
YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
The neighborhood meshes beauty, calm and convenience. You will feel as if you are in a world all to your own while being minutes away from access to the best of everything that San Francisco offers.